Team Abu Dhabi’s Carella and Al-Qamzi bidding to storm into title contention with F1 H20 success in Evian

EVIAN, France, 12th July, 2016 (WAM) — The thrilling UIM F1 H20 World Championship resumes on the picturesque Lac Leman in Evian-les-Bains this weekend, and Team Abu Dhabi will be looking for an outright win to lift them to the top of the championship standings.

The 20th Grand Prix of France is the second round of the prestigious series and the second successive year that the French spa town has hosted a round of the series. Alex Carella and Thani Al-Qamzi will represent the team out of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club, ADIMSC, and both are more than capable of snatching the outright win and enhancing their chances of wresting the world title from the clutches of Phillipe Chiappe, the current series leader and the defending World Champion, from the CTICC China Team.

Carella has unfinished business in Evian. Last year he stormed to outright victory only to be disqualified from the final results for a technical infringement. Italy’s David Del Pin was his team-mate on that occasion, but Al-Qamzi’s return to the Abu Dhabi line-up has been warmly welcomed in F1 circles. The Emirati retired from the opening round in Dubai in March, on an event where Chiappe led from start-to-finish to seal the win and Carella shadowed him to the flag in second place.

That means Carella trails Chiappe by five points in the Drivers’ Championship, with Shaun Torrente of Dubai’s Victory Team in third and Sweden’s Jonas Andersson holding fourth. Al-Qamzi needs to get on the score sheet and there is no better place to do that than in France this weekend.

“Thani and I have been very busy in the last few weeks keeping our hand in with the team, carrying out some testing and making sure we are focused and ready to push in Evian,” said Carella. “Since the Dubai Grand Prix, we won our class at the 24 Hours of Rouen and I took part in an F2 race and we were both in action last weekend at a round of the World Endurance Championship in Poland. It all helps you keep the race focus and maintain the confidence.”

Team Abu Dhabi is supported by Etihad Airways as the official carrier and sponsor and runs under the patronage of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Adviser to the UAE President, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club, ADIMSC. The team is managed by the multiple Italian World Champion, Guido Cappellini, and runs under the auspices of the ADIMSC and Assistant General Manager, Salem Al-Remeithi.

“The F1 H20 World Championship is one of the most prestigious in the UIM calendar and one that we are seriously focusing on winning this season,” said Al-Remeithi. “Our on-race team manager Guido Cappellini is the most successful driver in the history of the sport. His knowledge and the talents of both Thani and Alex should give us an excellent chance to challenge for the win this weekend.”

Evian-les-Bains is a commune in the Rhone-Alpes region in France and is renowned as a spa town on the shores of Lake Leman, just across the lake from Lausanne, Switzerland. It is famous for its mineral water which is bottled and sold across the world.

The timetable is split over three days, with technical scrutineering and administration taking centre stage on Friday July 15th and free practice and F1 BRM pole position qualifying being the focus on Saturday. After further free practice on Sunday morning, the 20th Grand Prix of France roars into life at 15.00hrs (17.00hrs UAE time).

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